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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of patients attending for osteopathic treatment (N = 799) and AOA census data

From: A profile of osteopathic practice in Australia 2010–2011: a cross sectional survey

Characteristic* Patient records n (%) AOA census n (%)
Gender (n = 790)   
Male 256 (32.4) (37.6)
Female 534 (67.6) (62.4)
Age (years) (n = 771)   
0-9 68 (8.8) (3.8)
10-19 25 (3.2) (4.7)
20-29 114 (14.8) (12.1)
30-39 226 (29.3) (23.2)
40-49 142 (18.4) (23.2)
50-59 109 (14.1) (18.5)
60-69 54 (7.0) (8.1)
70-79 25 (3.2) (4.7)
80+ 8 (1.0) (1.8)
Region (n = 779)   
New South Wales 234 (30.0) (32.7)
Victoria 359 (46.1) (44.1)
Other states & Territories 186 (23.9) (23.2)
Employment (n = 768)   
Employed 533 (69.4) (70.3)
Unemployed 71 (9.2) (1.5)
Not in labour force 164 (21.4) (28.2)
Ethnic background (n = 799)   
Australasia 633 (79.2) (88.4)
Overseas 166 (20.8) (11.6)
Source of referral (n = 799)   
Self/word-of-mouth 570 (71.3) (70.5)
General Practitioner 58 (7.3) (4.9)
Other Healthcare Practitioner 78 (9.8) (10.1)
Other 93 (11.6) (14.5)
Previous osteopathic treatment 339 (42.8)  
Appointment waiting time (n = 784)   
Same day 229 (29.2) n/a
2-3 days 346 (44.1) n/a
4-7 days 118 (15.1) n/a
8 or more days 91 (11.6) n/a
  1. *Number and % excluding patient records where data was not included.